Three Days in Amsterdam
My best friend came over from America for a visit last April and this of course called for a holiday somewhere in Europe! We went to Amsterdam and while I’m not itching to go back too soon, I am happy to have now checked it off my list of places to see. We were only there for 3 days which was the perfect amount of time for us to see everything we absolutely wanted to.
We stayed in an AIRBNB a little outside of Amsterdam. While the view was beautiful and the price was on point it was a bit of a hassle to get into Amsterdam city centre. We had to take a bus to a train station, to take the train to town. Woof. Add in that it was Easter weekend so public transport wasn’t fully functioning, it was a bit of a headache. If you are going to Amsterdam I recommend spending the extra bit of money and staying as close to the city as you easily/affordably can.
On our first night we went on a Wine and Cheese tour. I would highly recommend doing a canal tour in Amsterdam as it is an easy and exciting way to see so much of the city. The Wine and Cheese tour is offered at night so it was beautiful to see the city lit up while enjoying some wine. As you go along the guides share interesting information and facts about Amsterdam and the Dutch. For €37.50 you really do get what you pay for on here. This was great for a girls’ night out in my case but it could also be a fun and romantic date.
The one thing I absolutely had to do in Amsterdam was go to the Anne Frank House. I read her diary over and over when I was growing up so to finally get to visit where Anne wrote her diary was beyond words. Keep in mind if you do want to visit that from 9AM to 3:30 PM the museum is only open to visitors with an online ticket for a specific timeslot. They are very strict on this! The space, as you know, is small so they cannot have too many people in at a time. Tickets are available on the website exactly two months in advance. I cannot recommend purchasing a ticket in advance enough.
On our final day in Amsterdam my best friend and I met up with an old coworker who is Dutch and doesn’t live too far from where our AIRBNB was. We all went to The Heineken Experience together and did the €16 Brewery Tour. This is not to be missed if you enjoy brewery tours. I am not a big Heineken drinker but my Dutch friend told us how fresh it was at the brewery and she was right. The best part of the experience is the rooftop bar. You are given a rubber bracelet when you check in with 2 decorations on it that act as tokens for drinks. You can also purchase hamburgers and hot dogs on the rooftop – good soakage! If you do plan to visit I would strongly suggest purchasing a ticket online beforehand.
I don’t have many restaurant/bar recommendations because we had a little kitchen area in our AIRBNB so we didn’t eat out much, but I would recommend Pancakes Amsterdam. The amount of sweet and savory pancakes they offer will ensure that everyone in your group can get something to their liking. We drank in our AIRBNB because my bestie and I hadn’t seen each other in nearly 3 years so we were in need of some wine and chats in our pajamas! Plus we are on a budget y'all.
If you have been to Amsterdam and do have some bar and restaurant recommendations please leave a comment so I can add it to my list for if I ever do go back!
*all images original to Candid Alexandra